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de•fed•er•al•ize



Pronunciation: (dē-fed'ur-u-līz"), [key]
v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
to shift the functions or powers of (an agency, service, etc.) from the jurisdiction of the federal government to that of state or local government: to defederalize construction loans. Also, esp. Brit.,de•fed'er•al•ise".

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